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R. Scott Bakker: On Alien Philosophy & Dark Fantasy

Canadian author R. Scott Bakker is best known for his Second Apocalypse saga, a series of dark fantasy novels that explore philosophical and even neuroscientific ideas through a world of sorcery, holy wars and inhuman evil. In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with Bakker about his recent paper 'On Alien Philosophy,' published in the The Journal of Consciousness Studies. Plus, as a long-time fan, Robert throws in a few questions about Bakker’s approach to fiction and the strange creatures that occupy his created worlds. See more »

Penile Transplants (With Special Guest Mary Roach)

The year is 2016 and we officially live in the age of the penis transplant -- and while the notion may stir giggles from some, there’s nothing humorous about the cancer survivors and wounded soldiers who can benefit from such surgeries. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian discuss recent advances in penile transplant surgery and chat with author Mary Roach, who devotes two chapters of her new book “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” to urotrauma and genital transplant surgery. See more »

Steven Johnson: How We Got to Now

Glass, Cold, Sound, Clean, Time and Light. Just a random collection of items in the physical world, right? Not in the hands of science journalist Steven Johnson, who weaves a revelatory tale of technological wonders in his new book and PBS series, "How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World." Join Julie and Robert for an interview with the man behind the book and series. See more »

Dr. Rubberfunk Talks Halloween Mixes and Music

UK musician and DJ Dr. Rubberfunk discusses Funky Halloween mixes and his signature soulful sound. See more »

Chris Gladwin Discusses The Wyrding Module

Chris Gladwin, the man behind The Wyrding Module discusses the nature of uncanny music and his own approach to dark and surreal sounds. See more »

Talking 'Gulp' With Mary Roach

We all love Mary Roach, so in this episode Robert and Julie invite the “Stiff” author on the show to chat about her latest book “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.” Plus she’ll answer listener questions and discuss how to eat with your butt. See more »